The year is 1901 and it’s a stifling hot day towards the end of summer in Buffalo, New York. And at the end of a long national tour President William McKinley is in town for the Pan-American Exposition. Here, he’s engaged in one of his favorite activities – meeting and greeting the great American public. But what should have been a joyful event turned into a tragic calamity.
Indeed, the consequences of that catastrophe would reverberate through American society. McKinley had just led the nation to victory in the American-Spanish war and was a popular president as a result. Americans were appalled by his death and there was also international grief, with many European countries observing a mourning period for McKinley.